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v. der·o·gat·ed, der·o·gat·ing, der·o·gates
1. To take away; detract: an error that will derogate from your reputation.
2. To deviate from a standard or expectation; go astray: a clause allowing signers of the agreement to derogate from its principles during a state of emergency.
To disparage; belittle.

[Middle English derogaten, from Latin dērogāre, dērogāt- : dē-, de- + rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

der′o·ga′tion n.


1. (foll by: from) to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
2. (foll by: from) to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
3. (tr) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
4. (Law) (tr) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)
archaic debased or degraded
[C15: from Latin dērogāre to repeal some part of a law, modify it, from de- + rogāre to ask, propose a law]
ˈderogately adv
ˌderoˈgation n
derogative adj
deˈrogatively adv


(ˈdɛr əˌgeɪt)

v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing. v.i.
1. to detract, as from authority or estimation (usu. fol. by from).
2. to stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usu. fol. by from).
3. to disparage or belittle.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin dērogātus <dē- de- + rogāre to ask]
der`o•ga′tion, n.
de•rog•a•tive (dɪˈrɒg ə tɪv) adj.


Past participle: derogated
Gerund: derogating

I derogate
you derogate
he/she/it derogates
we derogate
you derogate
they derogate
I derogated
you derogated
he/she/it derogated
we derogated
you derogated
they derogated
Present Continuous
I am derogating
you are derogating
he/she/it is derogating
we are derogating
you are derogating
they are derogating
Present Perfect
I have derogated
you have derogated
he/she/it has derogated
we have derogated
you have derogated
they have derogated
Past Continuous
I was derogating
you were derogating
he/she/it was derogating
we were derogating
you were derogating
they were derogating
Past Perfect
I had derogated
you had derogated
he/she/it had derogated
we had derogated
you had derogated
they had derogated
I will derogate
you will derogate
he/she/it will derogate
we will derogate
you will derogate
they will derogate
Future Perfect
I will have derogated
you will have derogated
he/she/it will have derogated
we will have derogated
you will have derogated
they will have derogated
Future Continuous
I will be derogating
you will be derogating
he/she/it will be derogating
we will be derogating
you will be derogating
they will be derogating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been derogating
you have been derogating
he/she/it has been derogating
we have been derogating
you have been derogating
they have been derogating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been derogating
you will have been derogating
he/she/it will have been derogating
we will have been derogating
you will have been derogating
they will have been derogating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been derogating
you had been derogating
he/she/it had been derogating
we had been derogating
you had been derogating
they had been derogating
I would derogate
you would derogate
he/she/it would derogate
we would derogate
you would derogate
they would derogate
Past Conditional
I would have derogated
you would have derogated
he/she/it would have derogated
we would have derogated
you would have derogated
they would have derogated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.derogate - cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence"
disparage, belittle, pick at - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
talk down - belittle through talk


To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:


[ˈderəgeɪt] VI to derogate from (= detract from) → quitar mérito or valor a; (= reduce) [+ authority] → menoscabar; (= deviate from) → desviarse de


vi to derogate from something (form)einer Sache (dat)Abbruch tun
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